Pollutants in the home come from a variety of sources. It is mission critical to know what they are if you hope to limit their impact on your home. Following is a list of common sources of indoor air pollution:
- Combustion sources Any household appliances that use oil, gas, kerosene or even wood can lead to indoor air pollution. Such appliances include wood-burning stoves, fireplaces, water heaters, dryers, and stoves. It is very important to ensure these are properly maintained and routinely cleaned to limit their adverse impacts. Most heating sources in the US are one type of combustion source, and this is why indoor air pollution can be worse in winter.
- Building materials such as insulation, carpeting and even furniture made of pressed wood. The kinds of pollutants that these items in the home may harbor or release are varied, including mold and dust mites.
- Household cleaning and even personal care products such as air fresheners are constantly emitting pollutants during each use.
- Hobby or home improvement activities Basically, if it produces fumes, it’s probably not good for you to be breathing it or filling your home with it. This is even worse when your home is sealed tight against winter temperatures and therefore limiting a healthy circulation of outside air.
- Pets are definite contributors to air pollution in your home. Thing like dander and other particles from pets with fur or feathers are a major instigator of allergies and asthma to sensitive individuals. As both humans and pets stay inside more during the winter, the exposure and impact are worse during the cold months.